NEW GLASGOW – It was a different day with a hint of a new running era during Johnny Miles running events.
The full marathon lacked the drama Dave MacLennan delivered for so many years, but Scott Langille was the top local runner and placed seventh overall in a chip time three hours, 23 minutes and one second.
“It felt great,” Langille said. “I paced myself and I’m happy with my finish.”
Jeff Ratushny of Conqueral Mills, N.S. won the marathon in 2:48:59, the only marathon to finish in less than three hours. He was nearly 20 minutes ahead of runner-up Stan Chen of Wolfville, who finished in 3:07:50.
Scott Clark of Summerside, P.E.I., a past rival of MacLennan’s, was third ahead of John Frizzell of Truro, Matthew White of Dartmouth and Steve Lathrop of San Diego, Ca.
Jessica Zentner of New Glasgow was top local female and 21st overall.
Other local marathon finishers were Ryan Leil, Bill MacEachern, Jim Lays, Elias MacMillan of Central Caribou, Chris Higdon of New Glasgow, Ryan MacDonald of Pictou and a jubilant Janet Fraser of Scotsburn.
Edna Thomson of Pictou was also among the 50 who finished.
Middle distance runner Breanna Sandluck from MacPherson’s Mills laid claim to distance running prowess as she placed third in the half marathon behind winner Donald Rasmussen of Antigonish and Kori Anderson of Middle Sackville, who was top female finisher.
Sandluck’s time was 1:38:49.
Ryan Lochead of River John was sixth, while Clint Snell of New Glasgow was seventh and Abbey Shaw was eighth. Darrell Spears of New Glasgow was 13th overall, while Grace Anderson of Trenton was 14th out of the 167 who finished.
Ian Holdway of Halifax won the 10-K race ahead of Wade Were from Dartmouth, Mike Juurlink from Oakfield and Colleen Wilson of Ancaster, Ont. who was top female finisher.
Ryan Shaun MacDonald of Green Hill, who is training for another Melmerby Olympic Triathlon win this year, was fifth in the 20-K, while high-schooler Luke MacDonald of Pictou was sixth.
Another group of young local runners included Allie Sandluck of MacPherson’s Mills in 14th place, while Allister Mason of New Glasgow was 15th and Conrad Robertson of New Glasgow was 16th.
An official total of 355 runners completed the distance.
A 5-K fun run and a 5-K students’ challenge were also featured.
Owen Chisholm of Antigonish was the students’ challenge’s individual winner.
Cara MacDonald of New Glasgow was second, while Adam Fraser of New Glasgow was third, Luke MacLean of Durham was fourth and Kingsley Austin New Glasgow was fifth.
Ethan MacDonald won the regular 5-K race, while Raymond Simpson was second, Cole MacDougall was fifth and Riley MacLennan of Scotsburn was eighth.
MacLennan was 59th in the 5-K and finished in 24:22.
“I just wanted to be part of it,” said MacLennan, who suffered a foot injury that prevented him from running the marathon but hopes he can be ready for next year. “The foot’s okay. Next year’s coming but it’s one race a time.”
There were 588 entries in the regular 5-K and 92 in the challenge.
Race director Terry Curley said he was happy with the day.
“It went very well,” he said. “Our numbers were on a par with last year.
He said nothing concrete has been contemplated to mark 45 years for the Johnny Miles Marathon and related events in 2020, but “we’ll definitely do something.”
Scott Langille, second from left, was among marathon runners starting their race. (Goodwin photo)